James Harden truly knows how to turn it on when needed.
And he really wants to keep this 30-point scoring streak alive.
Heading into Monday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, Harden had compiled 29 straight games of 30 points or more.
Harden scores 11 in game’s final 2:32
With 2:32 remaining against Dallas, it looked as if the streak was coming to an end. Harden had tallied 20 and Houston was in control of the game with a 112-100 lead, and it appeared that the rival Mavericks were on the cusp of a moral victory.
Not so much. Harden hit deep 3-pointers on back-to-back Rockets possessions to get to 26 with 1:52 remaining. By the time he left the game with 48.2 seconds remaining, he had hit a pair of free throws and another 3-pointer to tally 31 in the 120-104 win.
And, of course, he left the game on the first game stoppage after crossing the 30-point threshold.
Harden eyes Wilt for 2nd place on scoring streak list
The game gets Harden to 30 points for a 30th straight game as he continues to put on one of the game’s all-time great offensive displays. He also tallied eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals and five turnovers to fill up the box score like few others can.
He’s now one game away from tying Wilt Chamberlain for No. 2 on the all-time list with 31 straight games of 30 points or more.
He still has a long way to go to catch Chamberlain’s all-time streak, which stands at 65.
Rockets keep winning, CP3’s milestone
The Rockets continue to climb up the Western Conference standings during Harden’s streak, where they have compiled a 21-9 record despite injuries to key players Chris Paul, Clint Capela and Eric Gordon.
Houston improves to 32-23 with the win, good for fifth place in the West, 7.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors.
Harden wasn’t the only Rocket to hit a milestone on Monday as Paul passed Gary Payton for eighth place on the all-time assists list with his 8,967th. After ending the game at 8,972 for his career, Paul has Detroit Pistons great Isiah Thomas, with 9,061, next up in his sights.
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